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My own example:

There are several beauty parlors up the street.

Does "up" in that context mean the same as "along"?

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In this context the preposition "up" usually means direction. Which direction exactly is meant by "up" can differ depending on locality, city planning, traditions, landscape and other factors.

Some choices (this is not an exhaustive list by any means) are:
- in the direction of increasing altitude (toward the top of a hill, for instance)
- in the direction of increasing house numbers
- in the direction away from the center of the town/city (see also "uptown")

It is quite possible that the speaker simply meant "further in the street".

Similar phrase: "down the street".

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